The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 43

EXTRA EPISODE EXTRAVAGANZA!! There’s nothing special I just wanted to write that, it’s all about getting the reader’s attention they say…I think. Come listen to me talk about the New show Disjointed, James Cameron, people who pretend to care about shit and much more random thoughts that are guaranteed to bring a laugh to your day..well at least I hope I do. If not this podcast may not be for you. Have a good week everyone!

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 42

YO! What up? This week I rambled about toilet paper (Again?), climate change, the Game of Thrones Finale and much more random shit that I’m sure will have you thinking maybe you should just start your own podcast instead of listening to my madness. Come have a laugh and if you want more come back tomorrow for a BONUS EPISODE..SODE..SODE. HA!

-PEACE

Do You Hear What I Hear? No…

Haaappy Friday, Haaaappy Friday! Make sure you sing those, that’s why there’s extra ‘A’s in there. Anyhow, how is everyone on this fine day ┬ábefore the weekend shenanigans and the fight of lifetime..our time…this month…I don’t know. I’ll be honest, I don’t give a shit. I can watch it on tv or I can see the highlights on YouTube. Continue reading “Do You Hear What I Hear? No…”

MEDIC! Non Emergency…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? Do you remember it or is it a distant foggy drunk memory? I actually did get out to a bar this weekend for a few beers. I don’t drink much anymore so a “few” is usually only 2 but they were delicious. Beer, the drink of the gods. HAHAHA! Well it looks like my summer vacay is about to come to an end. I work all this week and plan to start working at least 4 days a week from here till December when the town goes dark for the holidays. That is unless I get on a gig at which point I’ll be working 5 days a week. I’ve never tried to maintain a 4 day work week and being that I’m not committed to a show yet I thought this would be the perfect time to try it. I like the concept of it because it’s almost an even split between days off and working. We’ll see how it works out and I’ll keep you all posted because I know it sounds super interesting right? HA! Let’s get into this shall we?

Alright off the bat let me bring all those that may not have the luxury (Hahaha) of working in our beloved industry up to speed. On every set…mostly every set (I’m looking at you Non Union world) there is always a Medic. This person is who we go to if there’s an emergency like someone falling off of something OR for something as small as paper cut from a Call Sheet. They are trained medical professionals that keep us safe and healthy on set. Pretty great right? They come equipped with band aids, all the over counter drugs you can think of and a great attitude. I’ve not worked with an angry Medic yet. I guess that says something about the profession and about just helping people in general.

So the reason I wanted to talk about Medics is because I had a story to share with you all today. I know, please try to contain your excitement. So a few years back I was on a show where this Grip that was in a scissor lift came down, made his way to the office and started going on about being dehydrated. We immediately called the Medic who rushed to the office to help this dude out. As the Medic checked all his vitals and we got him some water he started to cool down. The guy then told the medic that he started feeling dizzy and dehydrated. He also said that he had some discomfort in his chest. When the Medic heard this he told the guy that he should go to the hospital. The guy as many people do became a bit apprehensive and clearly did not want to go to the emergency room. The Medic though was very persistent and eventually talked him into it. He explained that anytime there’s any chest pain one should go check it out. That makes sense, there’s a lot of important organs in that area.

Now when anyone from set is sent to the hospital they usually send someone from production with them just in case they need anything and let’s be honest, who wants to go to the hospital alone? I’m not sure why but during my time in this business I’ve accompanied many people who have been sent to the hospital from set. Is that strange that I’m always the hospital side kick? Hmmm…Moving on! So this guy and I jump in a van and head over to the closest hospital. We get there about five minutes later, get this dude all checked in and I hang in the waiting room. Thirty-Forty minutes later the nurse comes out and tells me that I can go back to talk to him. I go in the room and he looks great. He’s up and talking and he tells me that he was good. I didn’t want to ask too much because well, I’m just a co-worker. He told me his wife was on the way and that I should head back to set. I really wish I could’ve just gone home and called it a day at that point but I went back to set. I jumped in the van and put in my usual request of going to Vegas with the driver but as is always the case he just laughed and drove us back to set.

The moment that I jump out of the Van one of the other Grips comes up and asks me how long ago I had left the hospital. I tell him about 10 minutes ago and what he told me next was till this day one of those shocking surreal moments where everything just stops. He tells me that the guy had a minor heart attack, died and then resuscitated. I was shocked but relieved to find out that he was ok now and in stable condition but I must’ve literally missed this heart attack by mere minutes. I don’t know what I would’ve done. I mean honestly he was in the best place to have a heart attack, the hospital and I doubt I would’ve done anything to help his not having it but after that day I promised myself that I would never leave anyone at the hospital alone again. I’ll never forget that day.

I also learned that day that NO ONE should ever be stubborn about your health. I use to be a very stubborn person and always insisting that I was ok. However we must let that go and think clearly in these types of situations. Especially when anyone with any type of medical background makes a suggestion. I’ve seen many people get hurt on set and just try to shake it off. It’s never been anything serious but this particular situation was a perfect example of how something small can turn out to be something bigger. This guy just thought that he was dehydrated and when we finally got word about what happen we found out that he had blood clot that had clogged one of his arteries and shut down his heart. The doctor said that if he had not been at the hospital he would’ve died on set. That’s some pretty terrifying shit everyone. Look I love this business but this is definitely not the place I want to die. I would rather pass away in my sleep or surrounded by family and friends not surrounded by Sky Lights and C-Stands.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. This may have just been another story here but I really do hope that some of you out there read this and try to think twice about your health and well-being before the pay check. I feel that a lot of people I work with put way more than they should into this business and it’ll catch up to you eventually if you don’t take care of yourselves. I just want you all to be safe out there, I’m just a concerned fellow crew guy. Have a great week and don’t forget to stop by on Friday for an all new post.

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 41

Another Monday, another Podcast. Alfredo joins me for Episode 41 and it was recorded a week ago so there will be no spoilers BUT we make some very awesome predictions. Come listen to us go on about movies, tv…more movies and more tv. A ton of laughs as usual to get your week started with a smile. Enjoy!

-PEACE

STOP, Don’t Speak…

Happy Friday!! It’s 3:30 in the morning and I just got home from work about an hour ago. We wrapped at 1:53. If you know me you probably would assume that I was hating all of earth but actually, it’s been so long that I honestly did not give a shit. I haven’t had a late shoot like that in a while and I just got back from Vacay. Continue reading “STOP, Don’t Speak…”

They Call It Per Diem, I Call It Free Money…

Continue reading “They Call It Per Diem, I Call It Free Money…”

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 40

What up?! I know the podcast is late and I apologize, I’m still on Vacay. It’s here NOW! Come have a laugh at my madness as I go off on the weather, cheap Cubans, the NFL bullshit repercussions for players that commit crimes and much more. If I sound a bit more heated than usual on this one I blame the heat it’s very bad for my mental state. Have a great week everyone!

-PEACE

Can I Take Your Order…

I almost started off with Happy Friday, I was ready to start the weekend all over again. That just goes to show you where my heads at. I’m actually about to go on a mini vaca down to Miami for my Abuelas 90th Birthday. 90!! How amazing is that? Continue reading “Can I Take Your Order…”

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 39

Hey! It's late as shit! BUT the Podcast must carry on. Come listen to me go on about G.O.T A LOT!! Major Spoiler alert. I couldn't help myself, that might be one of my favorite episodes. HOLY SHIT BALLS!! I also talk about the NFL, once again not watching any surfing at the surf competition in Huntington and I go on about toothpaste in 3D for a minute there because I'm a bit delirious. Come listen, I'm sure you'll laugh and have a good time. Lou sleep now…

-PEACE